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      Go Command
      My dojo has used Oss to execute an action. We do this when doing kicks or next step in a group kata so we are on time, the leader will say Oss.

      This past year we got a new Renshi and he hates Oss and the over-utilization the west has put on it. Okinawan karate does not use Oss.

      He still lets my sensei use it though. Personally, I would like to follow suit with the later and not use Oss. My Renshi leaves this us to the sensei as a personalization of the instructor. He uses a bell or hits bo on the ground.

      As a sempai, I have been using "oie" after seeing some seminars from Okinawa.

      What do you use to signify next move or execute?

      sie note: It is a hard hablit to break. I did Kyokushin for over a year and picked up the habit.
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        ChuckD We use hajime in our dojo as well.
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        Michael We count (sometimes in English and sometimes in Japanese, depending on how many new people we have). If we do a kata at our own pacing, hajime is used.

        In regard to Ossu, when I was in Japan I was told it was basically equivalent to saying "Yo" in English, but is generally reserved for very macho men (think "Yo, Adrien" from Rocky). My first sensei used it frequently, but not as much as I have seen elsewhere. Since studying Isshinryu, I haven't heard it once in the dojo.
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        Christopher Adamchek im with you on not using oss
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      Spar bar
      I am going to build one of these in a week or 2. I had a hand to use one. They are a bit pricey though. At about $200.

      https://youtu.be/inc91ugGvis
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        Ray @Will - Black Belt Wiki. In my opinion they are diffrent The spar bar is always a hook coming at you . The reflex is superior in making you move depending on how you hit it. But the spar bar MAKES YOU COVER YOUR HEAD! A metal bar swinging at your face based on how hard you hit it! I recommend padding on it. If you had to choose one I would take a reflex bag. But it is a very close race. Either will serve you well in solo training.
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        Richie I LOVE my double ended bag. I notice in my kumite when I have neglected training with it.
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Ray

        Do you think this is better or massively different than a reflex bag?

        For anyone who doesn't know what a reflex bag is - http://www.blackbeltwiki.com/reflex-bag

        Will
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      What makes a Master??
      Floating around in some posts is the word "master." Personally, I do not like "master" when involved with the martial arts. If someone has mastered something then there is no need to learn more, right? From my understanding, what makes a 8-10 don is the ability to still learn and give back to the art.

      What are your views of a master of a martial art? Should the term be used and why/why not? If you can find documented criteria that would be wonderful.

      PS
      Please add "Grand Master" in on this as well. It is the labeling I am curious about.
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        Ray My master said I have work to do so I will sighn off now. I don't wish to anger my wife.
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        Richie So if one creates an organization or is the leader of an existing one who certifies them?

        "Who watches the Watchmen?"
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        Richie GREAT, thank you for the information
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      LODGING TOGETHER --- gasskuku
      Lodging Together in our martial arts perspective is by interactive conversation in shared discussions, that sometimes turns into teaching moments in gaining knowledge or simply transactions and perspectives (yomi) from each other. Shinobu is to endure or suffer in order to meet an ending. There is not enough of participants mentioning their goals and objectives to advance in karate and what they are doing about it. Simply confiding in their sensei is a cop out where a bonifide plan is expect as a reply. It leads to evade the reply and is a little provocative from my perspective as a senior sensei.The next few paragraphs are meant for replies that will not be taken personal, but in light of education in the martial arts. The harmony of our conversations have been good and pretty respectful although a bit witty and sometimes a bit immature in the spirit of youth and in having fun. In this Black Belt Wiki Community, it's pretty clean language from what I've witnessed and compared as feedback from other blogs in announcing much credit to the Black Belt Wiki Community management. The quality of subjects could stand some more references for much rhetoric sounds more like a rhapsody. Because most of the same folks participate in conversations, I think there are more folks out there that can contribute, but they feel insecure in a hide-a-way venue and they just read whats going on. I feel there should be more variety of personnel in participation to spice-up the conversations and add some different perspectives. There are those who care for advising others and thats great; but it must to told that misrepresentation of myths are plentyful without foundation, where simple rhetoric is stated as fact and that doesn't surmise. A lot of karate comparisons to MMA, UFC, and others, which has created a lot of good traffic amoung us for there is much pro and con in the subject matter. We all show courage in our side of the topic and that's a mature thing and reference material recorded to show it's foundation, and that's great, and it's urged to be continued for it keeps the peace among us all. In my later years, I discovered that writing in this Wiki Community has brought me much personal relief in sharing via the internet, otherwise, the impatience of healing a bad groin injury would come to a depressive state needing professional help to conquer the mental negatives within me! Sharing my injury with others could provide a way to handle this kind of injury to help others should they incur such a challenging experience physically and mentally. I would like to see more women participate, for there perspectives do bring out the light in others.

      As a seasoned Japanese sensei, I see a lot of good potential and dedication in our fellow karate-ka and other martial artists, for this old-timer enjoys the breadth of MA insights and the growth of the participants in knowledge and dedication of their respective styles ! I will remain available to continue our discussions via your perkey feedback. Sayonara !
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      Tattered, worn, white, blackbelt
      This video has an example of what I actually want to talk about. I have seen this before. I have seen this a lot... online. What is the deal with these tattered old blackbelts? If you don't know what I mean, skip to 10:57 to get a good look at Jesse Encamp's belt.

      I have heard theories that the blackbelts originated from the dirt that accumulated after years of training, which is a complete myth. I have also heard that over years the belt frays and reveals the original while material and there is a Zen connection to the cycle of life. That is also not true, but that's not the point of this post. What I don't understand is that while Jesse Encamp is very proficient in his skill and has about 2 decades of experience, there is no way his belt naturally tattered to that level without artificial influence.

      So, my question is why do people do this to their belt? (I'm being serious, not cynical)
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        Kathryn Carson In a naturally frayed belt, the work lets the gold shine through.

        http://www.amusingplanet.com/2014/05/kintsugi-japanese-art-of-fixing-broken.html?m=1
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        Kathryn Carson When she's feeling sentimental, the grandmaster of my dojang still occasionally wears her original no-name black belt. It was a cheap belt, and it's so frayed that it's a gnarly, sweat-stained gray. But it's frayed *all over*, not just at the edges--though the edges are where it's frayed the most. It's very wabisabi in its gnarliness. :-) I think the belt in this video might be designed to fail that way, and quickly, which to my mind defeats the purpose and cheats at beauty.
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        Richie You can buy a belt that "turn" white as you wear it. I saw it on a website and now I can find the link and don't have time to dig.

        Funny thing, I read a blog from a Judoka. Karate belt system came from Judo and for some reason the story that karate never washes their belts is funny. The Judoka goes to stating how a dirty belt is just that, dirty. There is actually a way to traditionally wash your belt.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amcBu_j_n_8

        Paul is right, do what you do. I just wouldn't practice grappling with someone with a disgusting belt.
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      What movie inspired you to start your martial arts training?
      I was inspired by many movies (i.e. Bruce Lee, etc.). However, the ones that really stick in my mind are the Seven Samurai and some of the old dubbed Kung Fu movies (esp. the movies with Gordon Liu).

      As a kid, I always loved martial arts movies where it was good fighting evil and where hardwork & dedication overcame training difficulties.

      Will
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        Lil Sarnt It wasn't a movie that inspired me initially. My first inspiration was the old TV show "Kung Fu." I used to watch this as a child and then go outside and reenact the episodes. I was a strange little kid.
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Karate cowboy? Far off. Billy Jack was a Hapkido expert and of Navaho indian background! :)

        Will
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        Barry Whisnant Billy Jack had to be my favorite and my first inspiration. I'm of Indian descent and btw, I have the box set.
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      Should martial arts instructors know CPR & first aid?
      When you combine out-of-shape middle aged adults and vigorous martial arts training, you have the potential for medical emergencies.

      Do your instructors know CPR & first aid? Or should they only know how to call 911? Does your school train for medical emergencies (i.e. heart attack, broken bones, serious bleeding, etc.)?

      Related question - How has your school dealt with medical emergencies in the past?

      Will
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        Terry scott I am a registered nurse and have been training for 40 years,to my mind spend a day to be able to assist your students and classmates is both sensible and in the spirit of martial arts. Doesn't take long and red cross usually holds regular sessions which won't cost too much and make you confident. Try it guys.
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        Mitt Radates Basic first aid (bandages, cold packs, R.I.C.E. and CPR) fine, but anything beyond that should mean a call to EMS. Any large school should invest in an A.E.D. as well.
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        Todd Mendenhall Yes, I think it is responsible and ethical for any Instructor to know basic first aid. They should know CPR, as well as, how to deal with Concussion and minor injuries. Martial Arts, can be dangerous if the proper control is not initiated, so understanding the difference between minor and major injury is imperative.
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      Martial Arts Humor & Jokes
      Thought it would be really great to get some martial arts jokes to tell in class to break the ice with my young and new students in autumn, if you know of any jokes or humourous anecdotes that can appeal in a class, but still not let it descend into anarchy, I'd love to hear them.
      Let my kick off:
      "How many karate instructors does it take to change a lightbulb?"

      "100! One to change the bulb and 99 to say it would not work on the street!"
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        Andy So this guy walks into a bar.... Ok you can let him go now
        [176815,Alex] :)
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        timothy I just reread some of the jokes and came to a concluson: You guys make terrible jokes!!!
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        Al W A Texas cowboy walks into a dojo thinking it’s a bar. Upon entering he says, “Well hell I thought this was a bar not a dance class.” This upsets the Sensei who approaches the cowboy and replies, “This is no dance class, this is martial arts dojo!” Then he politely bows to the cowboy. He then takes a stance and throws a sidekick, stopping 2” from the cowboy’s nose and says, “That was side kick from Tae Kwon Do. Then politely bows again. He then throws a lighting fast palm heal strike, again stopping 2” from the cowboy’s nose and says, “That was Tiger Palm from Chinese Boxing, “ and again politely bows. After which there is a loud “PRRINGGG!” The students stare in awe as their Sensei is out cold on the floor. Then the Texas cowboy says, Tell that guy when he wakes up… that was a crow bar from Home Depot.
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      New Wiki Members - Please Say Hello
      New Wiki Members - Please use this section to say hello to the community.

      We know that some new members can be a little intimidated if they have to start right off the bat by adding anything to an existing martial arts topic. Therefore, this section was designed to break the ice by allowing new members to leave a quick and/or short "hello" message. It was also meant as a way to help new members to become comfortable with the community's posting & commenting system before they attempt to add anything to the other topics.

      We have turned this post into a permanent section on the top tool bar of the wiki community. Hopefully, it will be a place where new members can feel comfortable introducing themselves to the community (versus having to jump straight into a martial arts discussion or posting a hello randomly on a non-related martial arts topic).

      Quick Tips - You can reply to this message by typing in the comment box below, you can follow all of the recent replies/comments made on this site by using the "Comments" section on the top tool bar and you can use the "Post Something" button (found on the top right of the main sections) to post a new main topic (i.e. question or video).

      Saying hello also saves you from becoming a hidden "lurker" who does not take full advantage of this friendly martial arts community. Everyone here wants to help you improve or to learn from your experience. FYI - Most if not all of the top-rated posts are still open for comments & replies.

      If you are too shy to post, you can also vote a topic/comment up or down. Members enjoy it when their commentary is received well and they receive positive feedback (either in words or up votes).

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        Maryse Duchaussoy Hello everyone, I newly started kyokushin and needed some writing info that your site so kindly provide. I doubt I will be posting a lot as I am a novice on the topic, but I am looking forward to reading what you all have to say.
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        cecil Hi! At 52 years of age, I have been studying Kung Fu & Tai Chi for just over a year now. About to test for Green belt in the Kung Fu and Blue Sash in Tai Chi. As a teen, I briefly studied Isshinryu, but lack of transportation made it a brief study. Later, as an adult, I tried Tang Soo Do for a while and then settled on a Karate School that blended styles 'Empty Hands Martial Arts'. I fell away from the fitness life in my 40's due to career and other pressures. The recovery process for a badly broken leg a couple of years ago led me to getting my ass off the couch and back in gear. I will be learning other styles as I progress. Really enjoying being back in the arts. Looking forward to staying active for the rest of my days. I appreciate this site, it seems very comprehensive and informative.
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        Sensei Kristalyn Hi all, I'm an instructor from North Shore MA. I teach youth martial arts and adult self-defense. I'm hoping to contribute to the martial arts community in various areas. I think self-defense is of particular importance, though my personal strength lies in forms and weapons.
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      Tiger Balm & Andy
      In honor of Andy, I have just now added Tiger Balm to the community store :) - http://community.blackbeltwiki.com/store

      Of course, we are still waiting for Tiger Balm to make [171807,Andy] an official spokesperson!

      Will
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        Andy [171668,Black Belt Wiki], just had a look at the Chuck 'facts' :),did you know that when Chuck Norris was born he slapped the midwife and made HER cry? :)
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        Rachel DS [171807,Andy] tiger balm fixed my sore arm....that was good.....commend from kids' vacation care teacher when I dropped them off (freshly balmed for the day) - "you smell really good"......priceless.....So not only is it good for healing all ills it is apparently a good substitute for body spray / aftershave / perfume (insert name of favourite smelly product).....lol
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        Rachel DS I think the first time I came across TB was in thailand. They put it on everything.....I am allergic to bee stings (ie difficulty breathing and lots of swelling etc) and we were on tour when a bee flew into our song tau and stung me on the arm - the tour leader put some on the sting and I got an icepack at the next town but we were miles from doctors / hospitals....between the tiger balm, a compression sock and some ventolin and antihistamines I managed to stay out of hospital!

        Incidentally [171807,Andy] the placebo effect is bone fide. I will have to find the study I just read on it. (This was applicable to reiki etc I think as opposed to TB but it would flow on to anything).

        I am going to put some TB on my arm in a tic (currently on ice) - practising bunkai with a partner tonight who got a little over zealous when I told him to do it harder......hopefully better by Sunday as that is the tourney.....:S I have 2 more training sessions and some work with my real bunkai partner to go before then too.
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      A Karate Guy Never Gives Up
      An off shoot of Any inquiring about dropping out and having the natural spirit for martial arts. My nephew recently started taking classes (he is 4 years old) i was play sparing with him after class and gave up to fighting him and he told me "A karate guy never gives up" , it was adorable.

      Its all about spirit, he will most likely make this an important part of his life, im eager to see him grow in it.
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        Andy Here's another story about not giving up, 16 years ago i got my lower right leg crushed between 2 forklift trucks in an accident at work. The doctors said I would be lucky to walk properly again and to forget martial arts. I ended up with titanium screws in both sides of my ankle and a titanium plate grafted to the lower part of my right fibula, I was on crutches for the best part of a year. I still carried on practicing as well as I could and when I was undergoing physio therapy during my recovery the physio therapist informed me that I still had a better degree of pantoflection (whatever that means lol) than most other people and asked me if I practiced Ballet!!!! Look at my profile pic can you picture me in a tutu (don't answer that lol). Anyway I made a full recovery, have full mobility and can still perform full force kicks with my right leg (even though the doctors have advised me not to lol).
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        Andy Thanks for that Rachel that explains why I haven't been able to find any reference to what my physio therapist was talking about lol, oh and I think I'll stick to cross training as opposed to cross dressing. :)
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        Andy Chris that is great! :)
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      Are martial arts movies good or bad for martial arts?
      Did you get sucked into martial arts after you had seen Bruce Lee fight his way upstairs the pagoda in “Game of Death”? Good, and you are certainly not the only one! But are martial arts movies actually good or bad for martial arts? Martial arts movies have undoubtedly been pivotal in popularizing once obscure, only regionally known self-defense systems. However, what is shown of these arts on the screen are (for the most part) flashy, heavily choreographed fighting scenes that bear little resemblance to the kind of real life combat that these systems were originally developed for (Bruce Lee himself once mentioned that that for his movies he preferred flashier over less flashy but more effective techniques). So, have martial arts movies shaped the way martial arts are perceived and through this corrupted them?
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        PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS GOOD for martial arts!, I believe karate movies plays as a good marketing tool for interest and recruitment for those who have the desire to join a real karate class. Movies do motivate and create excitement, as most people realize that karate moves are rehearsed and is part of the fantasy world. Moreover, the moves had to be practiced by real karate individualists to make it into entertainment, so quality karate movements are recognized by those individualists. Even as a student of the arts; old karate movies provide a theme for entertainment and even a cultural lesson from the ancient times, and to some other karate-ka, it provides the technical expertise and meaning of techniques, that educates the practioner and practicing karate judges in identifying point contacts in there fight scenes. I do agree on the other hand, that karate movies can be sinuous, and they do shape the martial arts to a false-hood in real life. Today, the opinions of Internet karate junkies have no basis of professional karate degrees and experiences, that only confuse the young practicing karate-ka as they strive towards their karate journey. The only good measurement of this practice comes from the real experienced karate-ka to realize that, comparison of karate styles is controversal and has no relevance to one's karate development. In that, real life karate is a serious dedicated development, while movies are what they are, just movies for entertainment which causes karate enthusiasm!
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        Ray I am still asked when the spinning back jump flip kick with ninja stars and smoke will be taught.

        The other day I was closing down the gym when I was seriously asked. " how long till I can be like the guy from enter the badlands?" This was asked by an adult.

        I was once asked if I could get the instructor to skip all the "fluff training" and move on to the real ninja stuff.

        Calling the movies the gate way drug is puting it mildly
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        Al W Martial Arts in movies and tv shows could be considered the "Gateway Drug" for kids. They see famous MA practitioners perform flash moves and think "Wow I want to do that".

        As [171668,Will - Black Belt Wiki] said, without movies the MA community would be very small.
        On the plus side there would be less McDojos
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      How to be better fighter than a UFC or MMA fighter?
      Was training in a park recently with more experienced friend

      A passerby walked up and said that we looked good but asked if it could beat an MMA fighter. Before i could say anything my friend spoke up.

      "Absolutely....UFC has 31 rules - i have none. I would break every rule there is and probably a few they didnt even think to make."

      It was a great response!
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        Bobby McFarlane HAHA. As the "arrogant" guy who is being quoted in the original post (thanks for the undo praise Chris) I feel I should throw in my two cents. Because it is easy and even understandable to make assumptions about me and my philosophy when everyone fills in the blanks around one phrase I spoke. Everyone here is making good points. The question asked was in the context of, is it possible for you, a more traditional martial artist, to beat a professional. This is usually and in this case asked in a out of the ring self defense context. Not "can you personally beat any given MMA fighter I put in front of you right now?" And not "Will you beat an MMA fighter?" It would be bold to assume I could beat any given person without some information on the scenario. and even then "shit happens" is a real possibility... I could lose to a ten year old girl with a well placed even accidental strike. Likely? no. But possible. ... Let me deconstruct the biggest points here to explain my answer a bit more.

        "There is no saying an MMA fighter wont fight dirty."
        Totally true but not substantial. I train in a traditional combative art that looks for dirty fighting and aims to defend dirty fighting as well as use it. Fool proof? No... but the reason I say I will break their rules first, is because they usually don't train to defend those things because it would be a waste of training time for them. If you end up in a fight with a Pro boxer I would expect you would not go toe to toe with boxing techniques... kick him in the shin, the groin, wrap him up and grapple with him and he is going to have a lot more trouble with you. Many MMA techniques are built to be somewhat air tight... IF certain rules protect them. This is not exclusive to MMA its true in every martial art mine included. Techniques outside our wheelhouse are dangerous. An MMA rear naked choke is devastating and I challenge you to tell me how you would get out of it in the ring. Put an MMA fighter in a rear naked, cinch it in nice and tight and correctly and ask him to get out for the sake of his life before he passes out... and watch him struggle to get his chin down push your arm up wiggle etc... it wont work. Drive a thumb deep through his eye ball (yes this takes practice but yes I have practice), he will go. Sand in the eyes, clawing, kicking while they are down, weapons... Pro fighters don't usually train these things. Does that make me a better fighter? Heck No. MMA fighters are amazing fighters and athletes. Is it POSSIBLE to beat them in a fight? yep, start by breaking their rules and being a trained fighter yourself. True of any martial art or sport art.

        Comparing Martial arts as better or worse is foolish in most cases. You can train MMA 6 days a week and never fully pressure test your skills and end up a less effective fighter. You can ALSO train at a McDojo two nights a week and go home and work your butt off to understand the art, pressure test your skills in a safe environment, study the details, work through drills and become an excellent fighter out of a McDojo. VERY few fights ever really come down to my art is better than yours, that's the stuff of movies and video games. A real fight is too complex to fully calculate... it is one person vs another in one situation vs another with whatever level of awareness and readiness they have going for them THAT DAY. We train with the goal of our worst day being better than our opponents best day but that is not always the cards we are dealt. In any fight you should avoid the fight first because you likely have NO IDEA how it will go... if you end up in a fight you do your best with what you have but you better believe the more good training you have, the more likely it will be POSSIBLE to overcome your opponent whether they are an MMA fighter or an untrained child. Never underestimate your opponent...

        Side note... Yeah I know its the internet but don't ASSUME that everyone who says anything that you disagree with out of context is untrained, inexperienced, arrogant, or even being fully understood. They probably aren't... but maybe they are :P
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        Al W UFC/MMA shouldn't be the standard to which all MA are judged against.
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        James I agree broadly with both. One of the problems is that many of the techniques that are outide the rulebook either are very very difficult to land on a trained fighter or simply arent as effective as we'd like to believe.for example trying to get s thumb in the eye of a trained fighter is easier said than done and even if you get there as unpleasant as it may be its not a fight ender on its own. Strikes to the groin can take several seconds for the pain to register and can be fought through. The reality is that most of the fight ending knock out stuff is trained in by UFC guys every day and as [171807,Andy] says the key is to be as strong, fast and conditioned as they are as well as having a variety of interesting techniques to give you an exrra advantage.
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      Is boxing a martial art?
      Is boxing considered to be a martial art by traditional martial artists?
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      Happy Birthday Blackbelt Wiki Community!
      Yes we are now officially 1 year old! First of all a big thank you to @Will - Black
      Belt Wiki for creating this community out of the ashes of the old black belt wiki message boards! I personally believe that this community is the best place currently available on the Internet for fellow martial artists to meet, discuss MA topics and interact in a safe and no
      BS environment. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate ALL fellow members for their contributions and for making my job as a community moderator so easy! Looking back over the past year it is perhaps ironic that I (as a moderator) have probably been the worst behaved on here (except for
      [172080,Rachel DS] who should be ashamed of herself for being such a bad influence and leading me astray on so many occasions)! :)
      My only wish is that more of our 300+ members would get involved and post something (anything!!! Lol). May our community continue to go from strength to strength (quick pass the barf bag!) and continue for many more years to come!
      I would also like to say a big 'screw you!' to all of the spam merchants that either I (but much more so Will) have had to delete and ban over this last year! Osu :)
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        Keston Destiny I want to thank Black Belt Wiki for allowing someone like me with no knowledge of karate into your lives. My daughters have been so prosperous on their journey through karate and it's been an enjoyment to be alongside them. I'm proud to say that after 14 trophies, 5 medals, and 5 tournaments my girls will be advancing to yellow belt on June 9th. So I'm very happy for this community and pardon my lack of activity, I do care.
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        Christopher Adamchek Wow, one year already
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        Rachel DS It has been a pleasure leading you astray [171807,Andy] and I mean that in the most innocent way possible. It is important to have a sense of humour at least proportional to one's sense of passion. I have certainly got a lot out of being involved in this online community and hope it kicks on despite the occasional knock out joke from any of us. 😂 O tonjobi emedeto gosaimashita and domo arigato gosaimashita to [171668,Will - Black Belt Wiki] for creating the community!
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      Member's Showcase
      I see videos on here of people at competitions, and various other forms of media. Wouldn't it be nice if we could see each other perform our respective styles/arts? So I'm creating this post just for that, no videos of Chuck Norris roundhousing squirrels or any other videos of non -members.

      Criticism is always welcome but keep it clean and no bullying. Remember we're all different with different levels of skills and athletic ability
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        Al W Me performing Heian Nidan at the 2016 AMA Southern Open in Maidstone Kent


        https://youtube.com/watch?v=HXJff2lIX8o

        This was my first competition and I was nervous as hell
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Just a quick reminder. This is a wiki "community" and not a martial arts school or blog marketing service. Simple links to your blog or school will be seen as semi-spam and will be deleted.

        Nevertheless, we would be glad to add your school or blog to our school directory or blog directory.

        Will
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        (deleted) https://www.facebook.com/andrea.harkins.75/videos/10208985918598175/?l=4067436148721413594

        This is just working out in the back yard!
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      Luca Valdesi - Unsu kata
      Demonstration of Unsu Kata
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        John Luttrell As part of our club's 15th anniversary we had a course on Unsu with Sensei Hazard and Sensei Trimbel it was excellent and we all learned a great deal. If you get a chance to train with either of these gentlemen you will learn a lot.
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        Al W Can anyone help me develop the jump in this kata? I need to learn to perform the Sempu Tobi Geri on both legs for reasons that will remain classified at present
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        Al W If I could be half as good as him then I would count myself lucky
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      Trials & tribulations of running a martial arts school
      What are the major problems of running a martial arts school? Does it involve finding students, accidents, training monotony, weekend schedules, non payers, legal issues, etc.?

      Since we have a number of martial arts school instructors and/or owners in this community (such as [171786,Christopher Adamchek] , [174082,Andrea Harkins The Martial Arts Woman]" , [186241,Nathalie] , [181642,Ced] , [175467,Kenneth Winthrop] , [178814,Patrick Lee] and many others), I thought they might share their "trials & tribulations" in order to educate others.

      Will
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        Nathalie Hello everyone,

        My boyfriend and I operate a kyokushin karate school and I am training 2 teens to become junior black belts and 1 girl who is going for her first dan at the age of 24. This young lady has been avid at our school since 2011. Listening, being present, showing up, training, etc...Now, she trains 5-6 days per week to prep for the big test. I love her determination and she is very sweet.

        The thing is that she is very soft in her movements as in katas, she speaks very low, when she is quizzed, if we can't read lips, we don't get what her answer is and she has never kiai'd in the 5 years that she's been with us. She is very shy and does not socialize with anyone. Not that she has to but there is never a conversation unless someone else engages her, she just picks up her stuff after class and she is gone in a flash.

        I can kind of relate to her because growing up and as a young adult, I was morbidly shy but I made myself get over it and though I get fleeting thoughts of self-doubt sometimes, I don't let those get in my way. I even remember being shy to kiai in class and thinking, after a few years of hearing others just let it all out, that I better get over that one before I get noticed as the one who is scared to kiai so I just do it from the gut, especially since my brown belt level training for my bb test.

        I have explained the meaning of the kiai to the group (oh, and they do it but they hold back so much) (thank you Jesse, btw, for your great articles, I love referring to them) the importance of putting power into their katas plus how important the breathing is as in Sanchin kata . She will nod, agree and just continue to do what she usually does, soft punches and mouth shut, not a sound of breath nor kiai.

        One of my previous instructors who is strict suggested that during the kata part of the test, we should make them all redo the katas over and over until done perfectly (as in our usual way of testing) but make sure all the kiais are heard clearly otherwise this segment won't end.

        My first question is: Is it not a must at this level? and How do I make her feel secure enough to express herself? (believe it or not she has a masters degree in communications).

        Thank you for your attention

        Nathalie
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        Ray Late to the party but.....

        I do not own or run my school. Nor do I have a real say in anything.

        I do have the largest class. My own account for gear with kwon u.s.a. I get everyone set up for tournaments open up most days, and sub for some of the other instructors on a regular basis.

        My biggest obstacle is not owning my own gym.
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        Ced I am confident that between the various opinions you will find what works best for you. Good luck wish you much success.
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      Have you ever encountered a fake black belt?
      Have you ever encountered a fake black belt? While kids have been known to "exaggerate"... have you encountered any adults who have lied about their martial arts experience?

      I am asking because of a video that is going viral that shows a BJJ instructor going off on a fake black belt - http://www.inquisitr.com/2235940/miami-martial-arts-instructor-ruben-alvarez-outed-fake-black-belt-berates-him-to-wear-white-belt-if-he-wants-to-return/

      Will
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        Christopher Adamchek I havent encountered a "fake" black belt
        but i have encountered "black belts" who are definitely not up to par and the result of their school wanting money so they push the student through the ranks to collect promotional fees
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        PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS Konnichiwa ! This blog has now lost its composure and smells of burn't french fries. Time for a refund and a new batch .
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        Al W "In Okinawa belt mean no need rope to hold up pants"
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      Walls can be used as a martial arts weapon
      Many martial art styles and techniques take advantage of the floor as a weapon but a good solid wall can be just as good a friend to the martial artist in self defence and actual combat situations. Most walls are as solid and unforgiving as the floor and can be used to great effect in the martial arts. An opponent/attacker can be pushed with great force (by using a double open palm thrust to the chest, a technique that anyone familiar with sanchin should be already be versed in), you can catch an oncoming punch or strike and then spin to throw your attacker into a wall, also the effect of most high range kicks or punches can be doubled if you can position yourself so that the attackers head or back will connect with the wall on execution. You can practice some of the pushing or throwing techniques with a partner by placing several mats against a wall but I would only recommend using kicks or punches in conjunction with walls as a means of actual self defence.
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        Superamazingbadgerman Yea, for a complete system, you really do need to understand walls.

        They're a very common surface to have around only a dazed and confused fool wouldn't use, not to mention the fact that if you're in a confined space and someone does something that (hopefully) they'll regret, you're probably gonna get thrown into one (whether anyone intends it to happen or not).

        Obviously, your first resort (or second. or third...) should never be to back into one yourself (unless you'd be completely overwhelmed if you don't), but you need to be able to work with your back to the wall (after having been violently shoved into it by multiple RIPPED attackers) anyway. If a mugger or assassin or extortionist or whoever catches you by surprise (and if they're any good at it, they will), they would (or at least I would) likely slam you against a nearby wall and start threatening you with a knife or a gun or their bare hands or whatever they might have (not that I would do anything like that to you guys). You need answers for that just as effective as your answers for one on one unarmed combat.

        It's also nice to know how to work with one yourself since it's a neutral surface (like the ground) that takes a lot less effort to put someone into. You can more easily submit your attacker to the wall than you can to the ground (though it's less effective and certainly less disorienting), so you should study how you would do that from several positions before you need to do it for real.
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        Andy [171668,Black Belt Wiki] that is a great point Will, and many self defence principles advocate NOT getting backed up against a wall. Another good one if you ever do find yourself pinned against a wall by an attacker is to slide down the wall to create a little space between yourself and your attacker, bring up your knee, place your foot against your attackers hip and then perform a thrust using the wall for extra leverage.
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        Andy [172304,Llewena Carrero], some Jujutsu/BJJ techniques can be modified to work vertically but the laws of gravity apply so many cant, it is still a good extra set of skills to add to your overall martial arts catalogue though :)
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      Teaching combinations
      Hi. I really enjoyed the section on teaching kids. Does anyone have ideas about how to teach 40 combinations, like we have in Shukokai? It is hard for the kids to remember them, and not easy to teach. Open to any ideas!
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Whoops think I misunderstood. Just looked up Shukokai combinations - these are short kihon.

        Definitely make it into a game. Try breaking the kids into teams and make them compete against each other in doing the combinations correctly.

        Make it fun - throw out the combinations in a different order and if they get it right, you do push-ups! :)

        Will
        Black Belt Wiki
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        Christopher Adamchek incrementally is good focusing on a section but also show them the whole thing each time so they know what it is and dont think that you are treating them like they are little

        simplified bunkai , showing the kids how it works and have them act it out with others

        teach them kata concepts like turning direction and blocking hand that way youre not just correcting them each time or telling them to switch hands but you can help them figure it out by asking them which way they turned

        with kids sometimes its better to let them get the pattern of the whole thing then go back and almost reteach it with added details
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Hi Fiona

        How do you teach it now? You probably already do this but do you break each kata into "chunks"? For example, do they learn the first 25% of the kata during week one (and get a tape)... and practice the first 50% in week 2, practice first 75% in week 3 and finally the whole kata in week 4?

        Do you teach Shito-Ryu katas or does Shukokai have separate katas?

        What is needed for each kid at different belt level? How many must they know for their black belt?

        Sorry for the thousand questions. :) Just trying to get some more info so people can help you.

        Will
        Black Belt Wiki
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      What is "hard" and "soft" karate styles?
      What does it mean when you see a karate style labeled as "hard" or "soft"? Does hard mean you chew on iron nails for breakfast and soft is tai chi-like? :)

      Seriously, wikipedia labels some karate styles harder than others - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_karate_styles

      Also according to the opinion of karate students (and not wikipedia) - what is the hardest karate style? And what is the softest karate style?

      Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
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        Bryce Hard and soft styles, in my own personal experience, tend to be all about how one approaches blocking. In hard styles (in karate, at least) such as Shotokan, you see blocks which have a lot of power, and the point of these blocks is often not only to avoid injury yourself, but to injure the opponent as well with the power of the block. In order to put up with the impact created by such powerful blocks, practitioners of hard styles will often take part in exercises to toughen up their bodies (see Kyokushin karate).

        Soft styles, on the other hand, tend to focus on staying relaxed during a fight and tend to redirect or avoid their opponent's energy as opposed to directly clashing with it. This means that the blocks themselves only use enough energy to avoid injury, in theory allowing the soft-style practitioner to retain their energy for later in the fight (with enough endurance training and body control their is obviously no difference in endurance levels between practitioners of different styles; this is just the theory). Wado-Ryu karate is one example of a soft style; the style blends the relaxed, circular movements of Japanese jiujutsu with the hard, direct strikes of Japanese karate in a style of movement called Taisabaki (or body shifting). In this, the practitioner shifts away from the opponents strikes using their core, employing their blocking hand merely as a safety measure to ensure that the punch or kick does not redirect (in theory, one could perform this part of taisabaki without moving their arms at all). This places the practitioner away from the opponent's strike, but closer to the opponent themselves, allowing the practitioner to move their shifted body weight into the opponent with their counterattack.

        One of the other black belts once asked my sensei which was better, and in response he said "punch is punch; kick is kick." In other words, both types of martial art can be deadly. It depends on yourself and your teacher, not the style itself.

        (Note: Sorry that the soft style explanation is larger; I am a practitioner of Wado-Ryu, and I have more experience with it than I do the hard styles. I felt I should only explain as far as I understood).
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        SenseiMG For those who wonder why Kyokushin is considered the hardest karate I will give you some answer. Foundator of kyokushin or a main figure like Shigeru Oyama thought that there was no practice without sweat. Also, combat practice was their priority. Courses included training with pads but many movements are done directly on a partner. Talking about the first Kyokushin school in Tokyo, Shigeru Oyama said: « Face punches were allowed at this time. I was surprised to find that everyone had their hands wrapped in towels. Teeth will cut your hands. So everyone had their hands wrapped in towels.» Also, at that time, the hyakunin kumite (fighting against 100 man consecutively) has to be done to become a teacher of this discipline. Today, kyokushin become "softer(!)" in order to keep more students in their rank, but many traditions remains in the actual pratice and in the virtues of kyokushin. There is no more face punches but kick to the head is allowed, hyakunin kumite still exists as the ultimate challenge for those who wish to accomplish it and black belt exams include tameshiwari (breaking techniques) and many kumite (usually between 15 to 20 combats against different opponents for a shodan) in addition to kihons and katas.
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        Andy In practically all martial art (certainly of the oriental variety) hard and soft are both parts of the whole and one cannot be practiced without the other, Kata is considered a 'soft' technique (though it does incorporate many hard elements) because it involves visualisation, timing, accuracy (all soft/internal elements that should also be applied to sparring and other hard external elements). The thing is that it is generally a misconception (perpetuated by the Ashida Kim's of the martial arts world) that there are specific hard and soft styles. Take Tai Chi, it is often taught and practised by old ladies in village halls as a healthy exercise, there is however a real combat (hard) application of genuine Tai Chi and in it's hard element it is a devastating martial art. In Karate,Kata should also be practised under dynamic/isometric tension to strengthen the internal and external parts of the body which is another reason why Kata are included in the soft aspect of training.
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      Where are all the karate women?
      I would like to connect with other women in MA. I train in traditional Japanese / Okinawan karate and am very often the only XX in class. I would like to connect with other like minded women who think it isn't crazy to train in MA.
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        Carman Cole I believe as a woman the key to getting us in karate is our families. Finding ways to connect with our children and spend time with them. Showing our family how to be loyal, patient, and respect esp.with my two boys, is so important. Families that practice together stay together. 😄
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        (deleted) p.s. personally, I would love to see more woman participate in karate and martial arts regardless of the distinctions I mention - the more folks the merrier I say.
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        Dr. Elizabeth Mattke Howdy! I'm kinda new here...kinda not, but I'm a martial arts woman whom will be testing next week for my orange belt in Okinawan Kempo Karate looking forward to it. I have my 1stances degree black belt in Krav Maga. Blessings.
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      Hi there
      I've been on hiatus from Taekwondo for the last year for health-related issues(I need to get more cardio in & try to lose some weight as well in the process). In the meantime, I'm reviewing a few Taegeuk Forms. I'm able to retain a lot of the skills & such to resume, but it might be awhile.
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        Michael Welcome back
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        Andy Hi [197922,Steve Marshall] good to have you back :) both in MA training and here on the community.
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        ChuckD Hi Steve You can use forms to work your way back in to TKD. You can use forms to work on cardio, just start going through them at a low enough intensity to make sure everything is ok health/body wise and then you can start doing them with more intensity as you feel better. Good luck!
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      Mindful Martial Arts (or Senior Martial Artists As They Age)
      Some say writing a book of martial arts is egotestic and others revere the knowledge. However,the subconscious wonders how long does it take to be satisfied with your M.A. training. There maybe points in your martial arts time that challenges your pace etc. What would you do after your ACTIVE competitive martial arts is completed ?
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        Martin Alcala For me my training as gone full circle in learning the arts and trained in full contact in the mid 70's. There was a time span of over ten years I traveled in the US, Canada and Europe in film and tv production where I was not at one place to have an effective training experience. In 1998 I met up with my original Instructor and I started training again. That was the catalyst for me to start understanding why I was training, it wasn't to learn how to beat the other guy like we did in the 70's, but to fully experience the training in techniques and forms and weapons. To learn about myself and enjoy the process, so for me it is the constant learning about myself and I transfer this knowledge to younger black belts. I am never satisfied, but the enjoyment, is in the training experience.
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        James When I can no longer sensibly compete full contact, which realistically won't be too many years from now, I find enough intrinsic value in the training to keep me actively involved. I will continue to push myself to whatever my new limits are as I age and focus on kata and teaching others. Ill continue to spar in the dojo long after my desire and abilty to compete is eroded by the years. There is always something you can do.to keep your mind focused even when the body ismt as spritely as it once was!
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        Richie All martial artists have a way of looking at things. Even if you do a very traditional style and hold tight to a curriculum. Spread your thoughts, write them down and share for younger or even older students. There is nothing egotistical with writing your philosophy and story.

        The people that would talk crap about it are the people that don't know how or not have enough to make into a book.
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